The importance of giving back
2018 UTS Law Awards Ceremony
The 2018 Law Awards ceremony celebrated the disciplinary excellence, professional skills and service of UTS Law students.
It also recognised the achievements of Law alumni who are working successfully in their chosen careers.
Dean of Law, Lesley Hitchens spoke about her pride in the graduates who are already making their mark in both work and further study.
It is a joy to meet alumni, to mark the journey of our graduates and to draw wisdom from them.
The UTS Law commitment to service was highlighted by the guest speaker and 2009 Alumnus, Nicholas Stewart.
Nicholas graduated in 2009 and after working for several years in corporate law, including time at Minter Ellison, is now an equity partner at LGBTI law firm, Dowson Turco.
He also serves as LGBTI National Co-Chair and executive at Australian Lawyers for Human Rights and as a pro-bono lawyer at the Inner City Legal Centre.
Nicholas told the audience that his success allows him to ‘give back’ and he told a powerful personal story about his own sexuality and his current focus on what he called the
dark history in NSW of unsolved gay murders
He is working towards an independent inquiry into the crimes.
Because of my education at this university, I am empowered to stand up for the men who were murdered.
He implored the students to give back as well .
Embrace your education and use your legal skills to speak up for those who are voiceless.
Students awarded prizes include :
Sarah Avery - The Law Dean’s Special Prize for outstanding leadership and service to the faculty
David House – the Voiceless Prize for Animal Law, presented by former High Court Judge, the Honourable Michael Kirby.
Jonathan Thompson – best performance in Disruptive Technologies and the Law.
Laura Hobbs – Faculty of Law Equity Scholarship, presented by Barrister and UTS Law Alumnus, Jane Needham
To see the full list of recipients and donors, view the 2018 Law Awards Program.
View photos from the event here.